Racing & Wagering

Secretariat Stakes Quotes

Churchill Downs Communications | 08/09/2008 #

Secretariat Stakes quotes


Rene Douglas – (1st Winchester) “I had no idea about this horse.  I watched his races and I know Dermot Weld is one of the top trainers in Europe.  He told me he liked this horse and that was good enough for me.”


Dermot Weld – winning trainer:  “I put the blinkers on him and that helped.  Rene has beat me a couple of times in other races so when I had the chance to get him on this horse so I took it. Don’t be surprised if you see him back for the Breeders’ Cup Turf.  The horse will be going back to Ireland and will have there before going to Santa Anita.”


John Murtagh –  (2nd  Plan) “I was in a little tight around the 5/8th’s. It all opened up for me at the top of the stretch. The best has yet to come from him and she ran well today.”


Garrett Gomez –  (3rd Tizdejavu) “Everything went as planned until I had to call on him. He was dull today. He just didn’t respond when I asked him. He’s had a hard campaign and he’s run some good races for us. Greg (trainer, Fox) is going to do what is right by him and regroup a little.”


Greg Fox trainer Tizdejavu:  “He’s had a long year and didn’t have quite the punch he had in previous races.  Garrett thought he felt great but the last punch wasn’t there.  I’m sure we’ll be fine.  We’ll probably just skip the next race cycle – he’s run every month – and we’ll save him for the first week in October, and hopefully regain the punch by the fall.  He certainly didn’t disgrace himself.  The two European horses ran great.  He was never able to shake free completely, maybe that softened us up a little bit early.